CSA-31806 Grassland Science

Code last year: (CWE-32306)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion6
Literature study
Practical intensively supervised8
Project learning14
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. SJ Oosting
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. SJ Oosting
dr. JB Evers
drs. CA Langeveld
prof. dr. ir. PC Struik
dr. ir. J Vos
Examiner(s)dr. ir. SJ Oosting

Language of instruction:



A. grass (taxonomy, morphology), grassland (species, plant-plant interaction) and (physiology of growth, soil/air/water-animal-plant interaction). B. Functions and roles of grasslands: animal feed, recreation, nature, oxygen, erosion; farm, regional and international perspective; socio-economic perspective, world food security; temperate, (semi)arid and tropical climate zones. C. Management of grasslands in relation to function (mineral balances, quality and quantity of 'product', bio-diversity, etc.).

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course unit, the student is expected to:
- demonstrate an in-depth insight in physiology and taxonomy of grass;
- demonstrate insight in various grassland systems in a world-wide perspective;
- perform translation of fundamental knowledge into options for sustainable management.


Lectures, practicals, discussion groups, excursion, self study.


Written exam.


Reader with basic text and (parts of) books for further background information on specific topics

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